Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Fighting Irish versus the Cavaliers? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN2. The game will be played at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. This Atlantic Coast conference matchup has an over/under of 116 points, and Virginia is favored to win by -13 at home vs. Notre Dame.

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH VS VIRGINIA CAVALIERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +13

This game will be played at John Paul Jones Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.

WHY BET THE NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Cavaliers.
  • Even though we have Virginia winning straight-up, we like Notre Dame at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 116 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Fighting Irish Pull Off a Road Win?

Notre Dame enters this game with a 7-13 record, including a 1-7 mark in ACC play. The Fighting Irish have lost six straight games and are 2-10 as underdogs this season.

On the road, Notre Dame is 1-4 this year and has lost four straight games away from home. For the season, the Fighting Irish are being outscored by an average of 9.2 points per game on the road.

Notre Dame has a 9-10 record against the spread this season. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 4-1 and are 6-3 in their last 10 games as the underdog. Over their last three road games, the Fighting Irish have gone 2-0 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 116 is lower than the average over/under line in Notre Dame's games this season (134.2). So far, their over/under record is 4-15. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 124 points compared to their season average of 126.9 points.

In their latest game, Notre Dame offense put up 58 points against Boston College. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 36.5% and made 8 threes. Leading Notre Dame in scoring vs. Boston College was J.R Konieczny with his 15 points. Braeden Shrewsberry also added 14 points for the Fighting Irish.

So far this season, the Notre Dame defense has been performing well, ranking 40th in the country at 65.3 points allowed per contest. In their previous game vs. Boston College, the Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 36% and a total of 61 points vs. Notre Dame.

Can Virginia Live Up to the Hype at Home?

Virginia will look to extend their three-game winning streak as they host Notre Dame. The Cavaliers are a perfect 12-0 at home this season, and they have won their last 10 games at home. On the season, they are 15-5, including a 5-3 record in ACC play.

As the favorite, Virginia is 13-2 this season, and they have been favored in 15 of their 20 games. Their average scoring margin at home is +18.8 compared to -11.1 on the road.

Virginia has been solid against the spread this season, going 11-8 overall. At home, the Cavaliers have an ATS mark of 9-3 and they have gone 7-2-1 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite.

Virginia's over/under record for the season is 8-11 and today's line of 116 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (127.2). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 124 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2.

The Cavaliers' offense wrapped up their last game with 69 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 65.3 points per contest. Offensively, the Cavaliers hold a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, placing them 237th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 164th in terms of percentage and 280th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Cavaliers' defense holds the 3rd rank in the nation, allowing 57.6 points per game. The Virginia defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 52 points and allowed Louisville to connect on 3 threes.